The Natural "Cleaning Up" Habit of Insects
Authors: MOTE, DON C.; WILCOX, JOSEPH; DAVIS, EARL G.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 19, Number 5, October 1926 , pp. 745-748(4)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:This paper calls attention to the habit of certain insects of passing their legs and antennae between their mouth parts and the removing of powdered materials in this manner. This habit of the insects, the writers have termed the natural "cleaning up" habit of certain insects. A brief review of some of the literature on this subject is given. An attempt is made to distinguish cleanliness from irritation as the cause of the stimulation of this action. The following insects have been stimulated to this natural "cleaning up" habit in our experiments: Diabrotica soror, Blatella germanica, Forficula auricularia, Syneta albida, and Criocerus asparagi. Several of the following dusts have stimulated the "cleaning up" with each of the above insects: Sodium fluoride, calcium arsenate, lead arsenate, sodium fluosilicate, wheat flour, and powdered milk sugar. The methods used in the experiments are briefly explained.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1926-10-01
- Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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